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DIMEV 6208
IMEV 3892
NIMEV 3892
Well were him that wist / To whom he might trust
A warning against false friends — one 6-line stanza (aabccb)
Note: Same as lines 1-2 of 6209 and 6210
Subjects: friends, false; songs
Versification: — six-line — aabccb



Manuscript Witnesses:
1.Source: Cambridge UK, Cambridge University Library Addit. 5943, f. 162v
First Lines:
Wel were hym þat wyst
To wam he myȝt tryste
Bote þat ys in a wyre
ffor offte men but holde chere…
Last Lines:
…as ryȝt as norþ and sowþ
to þylke hy but sowe
Note: Notation, parts parked for ‘clos tenor’ and ‘contra tenor’.
Facsimiles:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.".
Rastall, Richard. “Introduction.” A Fifteenth-Century Song Book: Cambridge University Library Additional MS 5943 made in facsimile. Leeds: Boethius Press, 1973.
Editions:
Mayer, L. S. Music, Cantilenas and Songs. London, 1906 (privately printed); by "L. S. M.": 16-17.
Brown, Carleton Fairchild, ed. Religious Lyrics of the XVth Century. Oxford: Clarendon, 1939: 268.
Dobson, Eric John, and F. L. Harrison. Medieval English Songs. New York: Cambridge UP, 1979: 216.